Myanmar requires skilled workers

Myanmar is looking for skilled workers in various sectors as it continues to open its doors to foreigners, a business consultant said Tuesday. Myanmar offers opportunities in the civil engineering, electrical engineering, telecommunications, and banking fields, said Andrew Tan, managing director of Yangon-based Consult-Myanmar. “They are looking for skilled people who can add value,” he […]

Battling for Blood Jade: Inside One of the World’s Most Dangerous Industries

When the earth collapsed, as it does nearly every day in the jade hills of Myanmar, Ye Min Naing was poised on a steep slope of rubble and scree. It was a rainy night six months ago, at the tail end of the monsoons. A truck with wheels the height of a man had just […]

Internet ventures blooming in Myanmar

Internet startups offering such services as car-hailing and payments are attracting many consumers in this booming economy, and the sector is expected to evolve further with a smartphone boom and improving infrastructure. In the largest Myanmar city of Yangon, where traffic volume is shooting up, taxis carrying the logo of “Oway Ride” are a growing […]

Myanmar’s elusive gift from god

Ever since I was a little girl I had dreamed of going to Myanmar’s famed ruby mines of Mogok. My father was a gems dealer and I would spend hours watching him cut and polish the raw stones until they sparkled. Yet however much I nagged, he always refused to teach me the trade. “Gems […]

Through reclusive Wa, China’s reach extends into Suu Kyi’s Myanmar

China is extending its sway over an autonomous enclave run by Myanmar’s most powerful ethnic armed group, sources in the region told Reuters, bolstering Beijing’s role in the peace process that is the signature policy of Aung San Suu Kyi. The “foreign policy” of the self-proclaimed Wa State is closely monitored by Beijing, senior officials […]

Rent falls for Yangon expats

More supply and fewer foreign renters have caused rental prices in the high-end expat Yangon property market to fall, according to real estate industry figures – but a lack of data means the extent of the drop is hard to quantify. More landlords furnishing apartments to appeal to foreigner workers, the changing nature of the […]

Permanent Residency Applications Open

Applications for the Permanent Residency (PR) have begun, starting on December 29, a senior official form the Ministry of Immigration and Population told reporters at a briefing. On the first day of application collection, 96 people applied for permanent residency, most of whom are ethnically Myanmar, but citizens of other countries. Two committees, a central […]

Panel Deals Blow to Suu Kyi’s Chances of Becoming President

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s hopes of becoming Myanmar’s president next year have been dealt a blow when a parliamentary committee voted not to change a constitutional clause that bars her from the post, two of the panel members said. The committee tasked with recommending amendments opted to retain the section that prevents anyone […]

Foreigners await condominium law to buy apartments

Foreigners are waiting for Parliament to pass the condominium law as they are more interested in buying condo and apartments compared to other types of accmmodations in Myanmar, according to the construction companies in Yangon. The Japanese investors also showed great interest in buying condominiums, they said. Most of the foreigners, who have been living […]